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The paintings of William Woodward

The grounds and mansion of Long Branch over the mountain in Millwood are now open to the public, the better to walk while enjoying and maintaining a safe social distance.

The historic house and galleries are open for self-guided tours and viewing of the art exhibit. All guests must wear masks while inside the house and no more than ten people will be permitted in the house at a time. The art of legendary painter and teacher, William Woodward, will be on exhibit in the galleries through August. The exhibit titled “Recent and Retrospective Drawings and Paintings 1967 -2020,” includes a significant number of older works, large scale sketches and various paintings from a wide range of subjects and times. All works are offered for sale with a portion of proceeds going to benefit Long Branch.

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Virginia Fall Planting

As part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Initiative, one of the goals is to plant 5.5 million trees within the states that comprise the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by the year 2025.

Goose Creek Association (GCA) has partnered locally with the Friends of the Rappahannock and to try and plant 50,000 trees this fall within our own watersheds in Virginia.

The GCA is looking to plant on farms in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties. If your farm would benefit from a tree planting, please contact us. There is no cost to the landowner.

They’d like to plant a minimum of 60 trees at any one location. They can plant for a riparian buffer or for reforestation of an area.

It's a great opportunity to enhance your property and the quality of our watershed with native trees.

If you would like more information or an appointment, please contact

Free tree saplings are also available this fall. Finally, if you would like to become a volunteer, let us know. By protecting our own watersheds, we will help make an impact for the Chesapeake.


Countryside View
Kevin Ramundo sent this exclusive report to A public hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 27 in the town office, when the Middleburg Planning Commission (MPC) will hold its second public hearing on a subdivision application to build 38 homes on 571 acres at the eastern edge of the town.

The Banbury Cross Reserve (BBX) subdivision is unprecedented in scale and has the potential to negatively impact negatively the town and open space, agricultural lands and scenic views in one of the most pristine parts of western Loudoun County. The MPC rejected the project at its first public hearing last September because of numerous deficiencies in the application.

Approximately 100+ people attended the meeting last September and many voiced vigorous opposition, citing concerns about water availability, increased traffic, and loss of historical assets.

The proposed development would extend a mile along Route 50 from Sam Fred Road east to Carter Farm [Lane and would be the largest development in western Loudoun in an area zoned Agricultural Rural (AR2).

It would seriously threaten the historic and scenic landscapes in and around Middleburg and pose risks to the water supply. It would also result in the loss of hundreds of acres of
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